Tag Archives: Food Stamps

A series demystifying the world of food stamps and how and where to use them.

where to spend food stamps

Where to spend your food stamps

Previously, we walked through the factors that determine how much food stamp assistance you receive.  We talked about different types of income, and about deductions, and how much you are expected to contribute to your own grocery budget.  We also previously talked about what kinds of food you can get with your benefits, and how to really make them work hard for you.  So now that you have food stamps, let’s take a look at where you can spend them.

Where not to spend food stamps

As their name implies, food stamps are used to buy food.  That is the simplest way to look at it.  However, not all Continue reading

What can you buy with food stamps

What can you buy with food stamps?

Food stamps are for food, right?  Well, yes, but there are exceptions.  It is generally well known that food stamps are used to buy groceries, but not all food is equally eligible.  There are certain places where you can use them, and places where you cannot, which we will cover in our next post.  Here we will go over some of the things you may never have thought of when planning your grocery budget.

Gardens

The most efficient way to use your food stamps, if you have the time to invest in it, is to use them to purchase Continue reading

How are food stamps calculated?

Have you ever wondered how food stamps are calculated?  With so many families receiving assistance from the government in the form of food stamps these days, you may have wondered if you or someone you love is eligible.  You may have applied and received a letter of determination with a table of numbers that looked confusing.  I will walk you through the math as done in the state of New Hampshire (where I live) so you can better understand it and use that knowledge to your advantage.

 Disclaimer: This is not a substitute for visiting your local DHHS office. Continue reading